Emcyt Side Effects
Generic Name: estramustine
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of estramustine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Emcyt.
Not all side effects for Emcyt may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
For the Consumer
Applies to estramustine: oral capsule
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by estramustine (the active ingredient contained in Emcyt). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking estramustine:Rare
- Black, tarry stools
- blood in urine or stools
- cough or hoarseness
- fever or chills
- headaches (severe or sudden)
- loss of coordination (sudden)
- lower back or side pain
- painful or difficult urination
- pains in chest, groin, or leg (especially calf of leg)
- pinpoint red spots on skin
- shortness of breath (sudden, for no apparent reason)
- slurred speech (sudden)
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- vision changes (sudden)
- weakness or numbness in arm or leg
If any of the following side effects occur while taking estramustine, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:More common
- Swelling of feet or lower legs
- Skin rash or fever
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some of the side effects that can occur with estramustine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:More common
- Breast tenderness or enlargement
- decreased interest in sex
- Trouble in sleeping
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to estramustine: oral capsule
Gynecomastia and impotence have been reported as estrogenic effects.
Genitourinary side effects including breast tenderness (71%), mild breast enlargement (65%), and moderate breast enlargement (11%) have been reported. One case of hemolytic-uremic syndrome has also been reported.
Hepatic side effects including LDH and/or SGOT abnormalities (33%), bilirubin and SGOT abnormalities (2%), and bilirubin, LDH, and SGOT abnormalities (2%) have been reported.
Exacerbation of preexisting or incipient peripheral edema or congestive heart disease has been reported.
Cardiovascular side effects including edema (20%), leg cramps (9%), myocardial infarction (3%), thrombophlebitis (3%), congestive heart failure (3%), cerebrovascular accident (2%), and pulmonary emboli (2%) have been reported.
Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea (16%), diarrhea (13%), minor gastrointestinal upset (11%), anorexia (4%), and flatulence (2%) have been reported.
Respiratory side effects including dyspnea (12%) have been reported.
Hematologic side effects including leukopenia (4%) have been reported.
Other side effects including lethargy (4%), insomnia (3%), and emotional lability (2%) have been reported.
Dermatologic side effects including easy bruising (3%), pruritus (2%), and dry skin (2%) have been reported.
Oncologic side effects including mutagenicity have been reported for both estradiol and nitrogen mustard. Animal studies on estrogens have reported an increase in the frequency of carcinomas of the breast and liver.
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